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Wooden Legs

by The Engines

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High and Low 22:16


Jeb Bishop - trombone/electronics
Dave Rempis - alto/tenor/bari saxophone
Nate McBride - bass
Tim Daisy - drums

Recorded June 15th, 2011
live at The Hideout, Chicago, IL

Recorded and mixed by Dave Zuchowski

Produced by Dave Rempis

Special thanks to Mitch Cocanig, Andrea Jablonski, and the entire Hideout crew.


released July 15, 2020

This live recording from 2011 finds the longstanding working quartet The Engines at an interesting phase of their development as a band.  After several years, and three records working on discreet compositions in a more traditional method, the band decided to modify their working model significantly to allow a more flexible and modular approach where they incorporated composition into their improvisation, rather than the reverse.  The band learned all of their pre-composed material by ear, and used it flexibly in their sets.  A vamp or single melody line from one piece might turn up on its own, only to disappear, or perhaps crop up again later in the concert. Or a piece might be played by half the band in its entirety, while the other half of the band continued to improvise.  All these decisions were left up to the will of any individual musician, and the others could decide to follow their lead, or not!  This approach was previously documented on the first Aerophonic digital-only release Green Knights, which came out in late 2015, and was recorded in late 2012. It kept them on their toes at all times to construct unique pieces in a fully modular way.

This earlier set from 2011 showcases a similar approach, but with several pieces of previously unreleased material.    It was recorded live at The Hideout in Chicago, as part of their longstanding Wednesday night improvised music series curated by Mitch Cocanig from 2006-2014, and takes its name from the bar's house cocktail.  It was also recorded only a month after the band's last hard copy release Other Violets, featuring special guest John Tchicai on saxophone, which came out on Not Two Records in 2013.


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Aerophonic Records / Dave Rempis Chicago, Illinois

Aerophonic Records is a 100% artist-run label created by well-known Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis (Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Vandermark Five) to document his ongoing work. His intent with the label is to give him more direct contact with his audience, more control over how his work is presented, and more synchronicity between touring schedules and recorded output. ... more

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